Climate Change

Climate Change

Certificate

The 16-credit Climate Change certificate program offers courses across four different areas: Climate Change, Climate Science, Climate and Society: Social Concerns, and Climate and Society: Solutions.

Courses of study include:

  • Introduction to Climate Change Studies
  • General Ecology
  • Meteorology
  • Climate myths
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Women and Global Issues
  • Introduction to Environmental Politics
  • Business Ethics
  • And much more...

2022-2023 Required Courses

Climate Change curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
NSCI 1110
Introduction to Climate Change Studies
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Investigates the causes and magnitudes of past and present climate change. Identifies humans? responsibility in our recent past and future climate and how this impacts humans globally. Predicts future climate change based on current trends and explores climate solutions.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in Climate Change curriculum 3

Climate Science Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
Choose from the following
4-8



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

BIOL 1117
Environmental Science (with lab)
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Introduces students to fundamental concepts in ecology focusing on human impact and exploitation of the environment stressing the limits of the biosphere with respect to resources, energy, and pollution. Activities may include discussion, group activities, guest speakers and films. One semester credit of lab includes field trips and analysis of factors using the campus landscape. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard J1, J2 a, b, c, d, e, f, J3, J4 J5, J6, H1 a, b, c, H2 a, b, H3 a, b, c, d, H4 a, b, H5 a, b, H6 a, b, H7 a, b, c, d.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2306
General Ecology
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to the fundamentals of ecology, focusing on the study of organisms in relation to their physical and biological environment. The course includes a survey of individual, population, community, and ecosystem level ecology. Theoretical, empirical and applied ecology will be discussed. Activities may include discussion, group activities, guest speakers, films and field trips. Labs will reinforce lecture content and provide students with research skills including use of primary literature, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. Prereq: BIOL 1154 (required) MATH 1103 (recommended).

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

GEOG 1140
Weather and Climate
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Examines the atmosphere and its behavior in relation to weather and climate. Examines atmosphere structure, stability, and motion; earth energy balance, precipitation processes, pressure systems, cloud development and type, ocean currents, general meteorological patterns in time and space. Observation and analysis of satellite imagery and digital meteorological and climatic information. Evaluation of natural factors of climate patterns as well as the reconstruction of past climates. Investigation of climate change from the past up to the present time and human activities that influence climate.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

GEOG 1400
Energy, Environment and Climate
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Provides a holistic approach to the workings of the atmosphere and climatological impacts on global human populations. Topics include weather patterns and long-term trends, including global climate change. Climatology relative to the United States will be examined in the context of extreme weather and alternative energy source potential.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in Climate Science Curriculum 4-8

Climate and Society Curriculum: Social Concerns

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
Choose from the following
3-6



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ANTH 2140
Humans and the Environment
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 10
Introduces the complex relationship between humans and the environment. Students will analyze how changing paleo-climates shaped human evolution and explore the interdependence between humans and the environment today. Students will study a variety of contemporary and historical cultural groups in terms of their production, consumption, social organization, and worldview. Students will learn how successful adaptation to climate and geography, the conservation of species, and management of available resources have contributed to survival or collapse of societies in documented cases. Students will interpret what humanity can learn about sustainability from these cases and the empirical knowledge systems of traditional cultural groups.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GWS 1200
Women and Global Issues
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 08, 09
Explores the political, economic, environmental and cultural influences shaping women's live around the world, with a focus on the Global South and climate change. Investigates the distinction between 'global' issues and local issues by examining international commonalities, as well as differences.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

PHIL 2130
Environmental Philosophy
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 09, 10
Examines current and traditional accounts of the environment including the impact of human activity, natural events, geographical changes, climate change, etc. This course will also explore a range of philosophical topics within the area of environmentalism and its role in human development.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

SOC 2030
Environmental Sociology
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 10
Explores the ways in which societies have created ecological problems; the human dimensions of climate change; and how institutional arrangements are evolving to deal with environmental challenges. In addressing these topics the course will make linkages between local, national and global processes. Prerequisites: Recommended SOC 1100.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Climate and Society Curriculum: Social Concerns 3-6

Climate and Society Curriculum: Solutions

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
Choose from the following
3-6



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

POLS 1141
Introduction To Environmental Politics
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 10
Requires you to critically consider and address the history, organizations, interest groups, and processes that shape domestic and global environmental issues. The course will focus primarily on the following areas of study: (1) political and policy processes, (2) the public lands debate, (3) the politics of waste and toxins, (4) the politics of energy, (5) the politics of water, (6) the politics of air quality, (7) the politics of endangered species and biodiversity, (8) the politics of global environmental issues, (9) the politics of human population growth, and (10) the politics of environmental sustainability. Using cutting-edge social scientific theory and research, you will be asked to examine your own political values, experiences and behavior regarding contemporary environmental problems and potential solutions.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

BUS 1118
Business Ethics
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Examines issues related to ethics in business and their relationship and impact upon society, the economy, and environment. Students will increase their awareness in making decisions based upon ethical judgments. Students will examine the roles, responsibilities, and conflicts of business management in the context of organizational ethics.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ECON 1106
Principles of Microeconomics
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 08
Introduces students to the supply and demand analysis of prices and production under different market structures, the role of government in a market economy, international trade and exchange rates, and income distribution and the pricing of economic resources. Prereq: Recommended READ 0093/94 and MATH 0840 or higher.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 0840 Introductory Algebra
  • READ 0093 Reading College Texts
  • READ 0094 Reading Workshop

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

GEOG 1150
Renewable and Non-Renewable Natural Resources
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Explores the origin, nature, location and management issues of natural renewable and non-renewable resources on a global scale. Fuels, energy sources, soils, minerals, fisheries, and forests will be examined with other natural resources.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in Climate and Society Curriculum: Solutions 3-6
Total Credits: 16